How did we get to a situation where truth and facts appear to be disposable entities and opposing viewpoints are clung onto with aggressive and closed-minded hostility? Politicians have always lied and humanity for millennia have fought over the ‘we’re right and you’re wrong’ scenario, especially in religious conflicts. But those tendencies have magnified to a pathological degree in recent times.
‘The late US senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan used to say: “You’re entitled to your own opinion, but you’re not entitled to your own facts.” But that distinction seems to have broken down. Now people regard facts as very much like opinions: you can discard the ones you don’t like.’ [URL: goo.gl/2Ox0Zy]
Part of it can be ascribed to the emergence of the internet which gave free rein and a free platform to vicious trolls and conspiracy theorists, letting loose an underbelly of anger and wild fantasy. Plus admittedly more beneficial things.
The WWW was launched on 6 August 1991 with a highly-strung Uranus Neptune North Node in Capricorn trine Mars in Virgo, sextile Pluto in Scorpio. Uranus Neptune can be inspired leading to advances in social thinking, science and art, but what the combination can lack is common sense. With no Earth grounding and thus no limits, it can rise to magnificent achievements; or it can foster irrational fanatical thinking, so extreme that it misleads. Uranus Neptune is impervious to rational discussion since it clings onto its vision/ideas even when faced with evidence to the contrary. Mars Pluto Uranus in aspect can be transcendentally enraged, brutal, explosive, especially with an immoveable Fixed Pluto on the midpoint.
The downside of Neptune can be destructive as well as oddly powerful and almost impossible to argue with.
The tendency to shut out opposing views is only likely to worsen as Saturn Pluto draws closer. In the 20th Century Saturn Pluto was around through the birth and rise of fascism first in Italy on a Saturn Pluto conjunction in Cancer; and then the rise of Hitler on the back of the Saturn Pluto opposition in 1932 which also saw the early BNP spawned in the UK which was later reformed on the Saturn Pluto conjunction in the early 1980s. Saturn Pluto comes round reasonably regularly in hard aspect so its function won’t be to precipitate radical shifts, but it will consolidate what other influences have initiated.
Fascism which went hand in hand with an obsession for nationalist identity had/has a peculiar mindset based on delusional narcissism. There is a false idealization of the self, a delusional grandiosity which seeks to sweep away the past and forge a future entirely of its own creation. It’s a group delusion where those who do not think as the group does are excluded, harassed, killed or declared insane. It entertains no doubt or uncertainty and distorts the views of opponents to render them less intelligible and credible. They have to be discredited because no separation of view is possible from the accepted one. They are smeared, denigrated, caricatured and then deleted from mind. It’s us or them, black or white, no room for middle ground. Or for complex thinking which can appreciate there is good and bad in the same situation or person.
Keeping an open mind and admitting to mistaken opinions as new information comes to light is no easy matter, harder for some temperaments than others. It’s more difficult in an atmosphere where the ‘true believers’ rain bile on the heads of anyone who dares disagree and dismiss any new facts as fakes, false flags and the like – and never EVER admit they were wrong, even way down the line after events have conclusively trounced them. But all the more important, as Michelle Obama, said not to stoop to their level but stand firm for truth and real facts and, even more importantly, decency. And if there’s one thing Saturn Pluto is helpful for, it’s grit and perseverance in the face of repression and suppression.
Roll on Jupiter Saturn in Aquarius in 2021.